Ray Liotta will be honored by his New Jersey hometown following his death last week.
The ‘Goodfellas’ star passed away in his sleep at the age of 67 while in the Dominican
Republic filming ‘Dangerous Waters’ and in the wake of his sudden passing he will be
commemorated by Union Township, the town he was raised in after he was born in
Newark in 1954.
Manuel Figueiredo, the city’s mayor, told TMZ that they were weighing up a number
of options to best celebrate Ray while giving his family enough time to grieve their
One of the suggestions is to rename one of the local baseball fields after him as an
ode to his role as Shoeless Joe Jackson in the 1989 film ‘Field of Dreams’.
Ray – whose parents were pillars of the community as his mother Marty was the
Township Clerk and his father Alfred ran a shop and served a President of a local
Democratic club – was inducted into the Union High School Hall of Fame and took
part in the town’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Liotta is survived by his fiancé Jacy Nittolo and his daughter Karsen and following his
death tributes poured in from Hollywood in memory of him.
Lorraine Bracco – who starred opposite Ray’s character Henry Hill as his on-screen
wife Karen in the 1900 Martin Scorsese Mafia drama ‘Goodfellas’ – wrote on Twitter: “I
can be anywhere in the world people will come up tell me their favorite movie is
‘Goodfellas’. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My
response has always been the same… Ray Liotta.”
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted: “His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human
being. A gentle man. So sad to hear.”
‘The Sopranos’ creator David Chase – who directed Ray in the movie prequel ‘The
Many Saints of Newark’ – said: “’This is a massive, unexpected shock. I have been an
admirer of Ray’s work since I saw him in Something Wild, a movie he wrenched by